Enermax Steelwing Review


Published by Luca Rocchi on 16.03.17
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Installation

Overview

  • Enermax Steelwing
  • Enermax Steelwing
  • Enermax Steelwing
 
The Steelwing from Enermax is amongst the smaller mini-ITX cases we have tested so far. Despite its compact dimensions there is quite a lot of space available on the inside. The motherboard is placed vertically with the sockets facing upwards while the power supply is mounted parallel to the board and covering it. As far as storage is concerned, you can equip the Steelwing with up to two 3.5" HDDs and one 2.5" device. All HDDs are positioned on slides which can be fixed to the bottom and to the front of the case. The first slide is placed in the bottom left corner while the second is located at the front and it’s not removable. The non-removable right slide can be used for three different purposes, since it can hold either a hard drive, a 120mm fan or a 120mm water cooling radiator.

Measuring 387 mm (W) x 300 mm (H) x 176 mm (D), the Steelwing allows installing high-end dual or even triple-slot graphics cards. Due to the size of the case, it is necessary to use a low profile CPU cooler or a 120mm radiator. The installation is not as easy as with an ATX case but putting the components in place is still reasonably simple. For our system we used a full modular Enermax power supply and we managed to hide all cables. Our test setup features a Phanteks PH-TC12LS cooler placed on a MSI Z170I Pro Gaming AC motherboard and a MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G graphics card. Unfortunately we were not able to place the standard fan on our cooler since it is too big for this case. After having built a system with an air cooler we would suggest to use an all-in-one liquid cooler, since it allow for more efficient usage of the internal space.

 
 



Page 1 - Introduction Page 5 - Installation
Page 2 - Preview Page 6 - Ventilation options
Page 3 - Features Page 7 - Temperatures
Page 4 - Product overview Page 8 - Conclusion




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